BOWL BONANZA

A look at where Texas teams (and LSU) will play in bowl games

Sam Ehlinger and the Longhorns will face Georgia. Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

The bowl games are set, and the playoffs will feature Alabama vs. Oklahoma and Clemson vs. Notre Dame. But there are also six Texas schools and LSU playing in bowl games. Here is who they play, when they play and how the matchups look:

Saturday, Dec. 15

New Mexico Bowl (2 p.m., ESPN): North Texas vs. Utah State. North Texas finished off a 9-3 season with a win over UTSA and their reward is facing a very good Utah State team that went 10-2 and just missed out making the Mountain West title game. The Mean Green will be up against it. 

Saturday, Dec. 22

Armed Forces Bowl (3:30 p.m., ESPN): Houston vs. Army. The Cougars late collapse lands them in a difficult spot against a really good Army team. The Cougars will be without Ed Oliver against a team that can run the football. No D'Eriq King, either, which will make for a tough matchup for the Cougars.

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Cheez-It Bowl (9 p.m. ESPN): TCU vs. Cal. The Horned Frogs had a dissapointing season but  won their last two to garner bowl eligibilty and will look for a decent win over an improved Cal team.

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Texas Bowl (9 p.m., ESPN) Baylor vs. Vanderbilt. The Bears had a surprising season, earning bowl eligibilty on the last week of the season. They will face a Vanderbilt team they should be able to compete with.

Monday, Dec. 31

Taxslayer Bowl (6:30 p.m., ESPN): Texas A&M vs. NC State. The Aggies get a decent matchup with NC State after an eight win debut for Jimbo Fisher. This should be a good opportunity for the Aggies.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

Fiesta Bowl (1 p.m., ESPN): LSU vs. UCF. The Tigers get to be the Group of Five team that faces UCF this year. The Golden Knights will be without their starting QB, but they still thumped Memphis without him. An intriguing matchup.

Sugar Bowl (8:45 p.m., ESPN): Texas vs. Georgia. The Longhorns get a New Year's Six bowl despite losing in the Big 12 title game, and their reward is a Georgia team that might lack motivation considering they were close to making the playoff. 

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This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

In celebration of the upcoming college football season, United Airlines is touching down with nine special nonstop flights this fall. Texas scores three of them, including one nearby in College Station. The airline announced its "nonstop to game day" special, which includes one-time routes connecting major college football hubs.

From October 11-13, United will fly a special nonstop route from Birmingham, Alabama, to College Station, in honor of the can't-miss Texas A&M University vs. University of Alabama game, which A&M is hosting on October 12.

The flight departs from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on October 11 at 1:30 pm, landing in Easterwood Airport at 3:30 pm. The return flight departs CLL at 10:30 am on October 13, landing at BHM at 12:30 pm.

In addition to the Aggies-Crimson Tide matchup, United is rolling out brand-new nonstop flights for the Auburn University-University of Oregon game, taking place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and the University of Texas at Austin-Louisiana State University game in Austin.

The Auburn vs. Oregon game takes place August 31, with United's special nonstop flying from Eugene Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport between August 30-September 2. That flight takes off from EUG at 9:30 am on August 30, landing at DFW at 3:15 pm. Return flight leaves Dallas on September 2 at noon and lands in Eugene at 2:25 pm.

Continue reading on CultureMap to learn about nonstop flights for the UT vs LSU game on September 7.

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